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Renault to run on the streets of Lyon 10 Jul 2004

Fernando Alonso (ESP) Renault R24.
Formula One World Championship, British Grand Prix, Rd 11, Practice, Silverstone, England, 9 July 2004

Renault have announced that they will run a Formula One car in the city of Lyon later this year as the centrepiece of a festival day celebrating the French company’s motoring and motorsport history.

On Sunday, September 5, the Renault R24 will roar through the centre of Lyon, France's second city, in the hands of Fernando Alonso and Renault’s French test driver, Franck Montagny.

The demonstration follows on from similar Renault events last year on the roads of Madrid and Moscow and at this year's official launch of the R24 in Palermo, Sicily. Around 150,000 fans are expected to witness Alonso and Montagny in action.

"The City of Lyon enthusiastically welcomed and developed the idea to demonstrate our Formula One car along the banks of the Rhone. For Renault, it is powerfully symbolic to fly the Renault F1 Team colours in Lyon, at the heart of France" explained Renault’s Formula One Team President Patrick Faure. "Lyon is a city with strong sporting links, and is also the cradle of Renault's heavy goods vehicle sector in France. We are all delighted to be able to offer this treat to our fans."

Lyon has a long motorsport tradition, and has held the French Grand Prix three times - indeed, 2004 marks the ninetieth anniversary of the first Grand Prix held in the city, in 1914. In September, the Renault R24 will complete its demonstration on a one mile course along the banks of the Rhone, beginning from the Place Bellecour in the town centre.

"Following Moscow and Madrid, and ahead of other world capitale, the City of Lyon is thrilled to welcome Renault's Formula One show," commented the Senator-Mayor of Lyon, Gerard Collomb. "Formula One brings together high technology, safety research and a sport followed around the globe. I have no doubt at all that this show will delight tens of thousands of spectators, and is in perfect harmony with the dynamic, high-performance image of the Lyon area that we wish to reinforce."

Going into this weekend’s British Grand Prix, Renault lay second in the constructors’ championship on 79 points, 17 ahead of BAR.